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Where Technology Meets Medical Librarianship

Cloud Computing and Medical Libraries

Here’s a presentation that I put together on cloud computing and it’s potential impact on medical libraries. Just thought I’d share.


Filed under: emerging technology, technology, web 2.0

Drupal, LibGuides, IGoogle Oh My!

So, at my current institution we are big on “embedding.” We decided to create “Portals” for each of the departments we serve. After the technology department reviewed several products they decided to go with Drupal. Drupal is a content management system and several libraries are using it to support their websites. During the process of creating our portals we began to take notice of LibGuides. Lots of library have jumped on the LibGuides bandwagon and I can’t blame them. It’s easy to use and has a wonderful user interface.

The delema:
If LibGuides are easy to use, popular and don’t require a computer programing degree to operate (Drupal is a bit high tech) then what do we do with the Portals.

At the end of the day we need a more sophisticated subject guide but, our users want Web 2.0  functionality which Drupal supports.

To add to the confusion IGoogle can be customized and libraries are starting to create customized gadgets that link directly to the library catalog and the PubMed sfx for their institution.

With all these choices where do you go? My recommendation? If you have a tech department that is willing to put in the work or already purchased Drupal. Go there. With the Web 2.0 functionality it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

If you just need a subject guide that is more dynamic then the traditional webpage LibGuides is your best bet. With the savvy interface and the ease of use on the back end it’s a great way to go.

If you are broke or economically challenged go with IGoogle. It’s free, easy to use and will allow a fair bit of customization. The gadgets that link to your subscription resources and catalog take tech savvy to create but, it’s an excellent place to start.

Where will my instituion go? I’m waiting to find out!

IGoogle Tutorial

What is Drupal?

LibGuides Introduction

Filed under: technology, web 2.0

100+ Alternative Search Engines You Should Know

Think you know every resources that is out there? Take a look at hongkiat.com picks.

100+ Alternative Search Engines You Should Know

Filed under: technology, web 2.0

Tech Talk recap from MLA

In a brief summary this is some of the things that caught my attention at MLA. Some new some old but, until I can do a more substantial post here’s what was going on and where to find out more.

Library labs http://www.deakin.edu.au/library/news/labs.php

Evernote http://evernote.com/

Android http://code.google.com/android/

Bright Kite http://brightkite.com/

Microsoft Surface http://www.microsoft.com/surface/index.html

Site meter http://www.sitemeter.com/

Doodle http://www.doodle.ch/main.html

Moodle http://moodle.org/

Netvibes http://www.netvibes.com/#General

IGoogle http://www.google.com/ig

Web Junction http://www.webjunction.org/do/Home

Jing http://www.jingproject.com/

Freebase http://www.freebase.com/

Aviary http://a.viary.com/

Osalt http://www.osalt.com/

Pipes http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/

RSS FWD http://www.rssfwd.com/

Second Life http://secondlife.com/

Filed under: MLA, social networking, web 2.0

MLA update soon to come!

I have so much to update but, I need to get my notes in order before I start so stay tuned for TONS of tech information.

Filed under: MLA, web 2.0

My Favorite Mashup

I looked at the “award winners” but in my book this HealthMap.Org is my favorite mashup. I use it in an epidemics and plagues class I work with. They love it! While it was interesting to bang round the internet looking at different types of mashups they all seemed gimmicky. I was expecting to see more practical applications as “award winners” and I was hoping to get to create my own mashup with this class not just look at them. I’m a little disappointed. Also, to be honest I really don’t see the point to Rollyo. It’s more of a toy than a tool.

Filed under: MLA, web 2.0

Flickr and the Wide World of Photos

This week the MLA course focused on online photo sharing. I have to admit it was fun and if you are interested there are some great pictures of my hometown now on this blog (look up and to the left) but, I don’t see how this is a professional tool. Perhaps I could see my faculty using this to share pathology slides but, isn’t that what institutional repositories are for? While I’m happy to try out Flickr I don’t see it as a professional tool; It’s just a fun toy and I’m left wondering why it ended up in the MLA course?

Filed under: MLA, web 2.0

Web Office Tools – Cool Toy

This blog post is not being created in wordpress but, is being written in Google Doc. I’m considering this an experiment to see how sending a post to your blog will work. So far I am loving web based office tools. I must say that I prefer Google Docs over Microsoft Office Workspaces. Office is more complicated to use but, I haven’t giving up on it yet. I think there is potential there but, I need to explore it more on my own. I can think of several different reason why web bases office tools are useful. For students, you have the option to work on projects when you have time no matter where you are. For professionals, it’s a great way to collaborate and I must say for my own personal use I’ve just uploaded a power point presentation that I need to present in the next few week. This way if the flash drive dies I don’t have to rely on e-mail alone to save my presentation; I have it in Google Docs. This is a technology I have not used before but, I am confident I will be using it consistently in the future. Kudos to this class for exposing me to this great new toy!

Filed under: blogs, MLA, web 2.0

Social Bookmarking

So this week we worked with del.icio.us which I really enjoyed. I started off last year using Connotea and I think for bookmarking PubMed it’s wonderful but, it wasn’t as intuitive as I found del.icio.us. Over all I think social bookmarking is an extremely useful technology. Just think of how many researchers work in the field and internationally. To be able to have your “go to resources” wherever you are in the world is wonderful. I also think it’s useful if you teach outside of the library or if you present at a lot of conferences. I think uses for this technology is only limited by your imagination.

Filed under: instruction, MLA, web 2.0

MLA Web 2.0 101 Part II

As the comments started to roll in about how wikis could be used in libraries I was struck with the thought that maybe they are over used. There was a lot of discussion concerning how to get people to participate in wikis and how to keep them current. My response was, if they are a valuable wiki they shouldn’t need reminders they should naturally keep themselves up to date. While I am a glass is half full kind of person maybe we need to think of what things in librarianship wikis should *not* be used for. We’ll all agree that there is a lot of garbage on the web so why add to it if it’s not necessary? To bring back on of my favorite phrases from library school “Garbage in, Garbage out.” Maybe the wikis are static because their content is only useful to a small group of people. Just a thought.

Filed under: MLA, web 2.0, wikis